A Ranthambore Safari Guide

A close up shot of a tiger inside ranthambore national park with greenery in the background
A mud road inside ranthambore national park for safaris
A bird sitting on a branch inside Ranthambore national park

Ranthambore National Park, located in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, India, is a popular wildlife destination for nature enthusiasts. The park is famous for its tiger population, and visitors from all over the world come here to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. This region was formerly owned by the Maharajas of Jaipur and used as a hunting ground until 1977 when the government turned this into a tiger reserve. In 1980, the government converted this reserve into a national park to ensure this natural habitat of the species is conserved.

With an area of 1334 sq. km., Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest national parks in India. On average, a tiger can be spotted every 10 km within the park. The park is home to 320 species of birds, 40 species of mammals and 40 species of reptiles.

Ranthambore Jungle Safari Timings

Safari timings at Ranthambore National Park are subject to change according to the season. Safaris typically start early in the summer to account for the midday heat, and later during winter to account for the colder mornings. Zones 1-6 are closed for the monsoons between July and September, whereas, zones 6-10 are still open to the public. 

A close up shot of a deer with a tree in the background at ranthambore national park


MonthsMorning SafariAfternoon Safari
1st to 31st October6:30 AM to 10:00 AM2:30 PM to 6:00 PM
1st November to 31st January7:00 AM to 10:30 AM2:00 PM to 5:30 PM
1st February to 31st March6:30 AM to 10:00 AM2:30 PM to 6:00 PM
1st April to 15th May6:00 AM to 9:30 AM3:00 PM to 6:30 PM
15th May to 30th June6:00 AM to 9:30 AM3:30 PM to 7:00 PM

A peacock walking on a dry land inside ranthambore national park

Booking a Ranthambore Safari

Book your safari in advance, as the number of vehicles allowed in the park is limited. You can book a safari online through the Rajasthan Tourism website, or through a registered tour operator. It is important to carry valid ID proof at the time of entry into the park.

Safari Charges

The safari charges for Ranthambore National Park vary according to the type of vehicle you choose. Canter is more affordable than Jeep Safari in Ranthambore.
Type of VehicleIndian NationalForeign National

A group travelling in a jeep during a safari inside Ranthambore national park
A tiger crossing an unpaved road inside ranthambore national park

Ranthambore Safari Zones

This National Park is divided into ten zones, each with a unique landscape and wildlife to ensure you get the best Ranthambore Tiger Safari. Below are the zones and areas where you can spot tigers and species of birds and animals.

Zone 1Sultanpur Chowki, Amreshwar, Dhoop Chawk, Gada Dub, Kariya, Peela Pani, Kala Peela Pani, Tuti Ka Nalla, and Khali
Zone 2Jogi Mahal, Telan Pachauri, Bada Gate, Parniya, Nal Ghati (Kamaldhar), Lahpur Tiraha, Amrahi, Phuta Bandha, Jhalra, Rishi Ka Deh, Pandu Deh, Phuta Kot, Chandra Deh and Guda Chowki
Zone 3Padam Talab, Jogi Mahal, Raj Bagh, High Point and Mandook
Zone 4Adidaant, Tamakhan, Malik Talab, Lambi, Lakkad Da and Singh Dwar
Zone 5Jokhang, Gular Kui, Bakhola, Takia Klui, Pili Ghat, Dhaka, Baghdad, Kachida Valley, Tiraha, Anatpura and Singh Dwar
Zone 6Patwa Ki Baori, Kala Pani, Palli Darwaza, Soleshwar, Khali and Saran Ka Patthar
Zone 7Chidikho, Kand Hushali Pura, Rajbagh Naka and Jamoda
Zone 8Mahakho, Kali Bhat, Neemli Dang, Kherai and Balas
Zone 9Kali, Balas, Kherai, Dang, Bhat, Neemli and Mahalo
Zone 10Mantri, Kushalipura, Bodal, Honda, Banskhori and Devpura

What to Expect

A Ranthambore safari offers a unique opportunity to see tigers in their natural habitat. Apart from tigers, the park is home to numerous other wildlife like leopards, sloth bears, jackals, and various species of deer. The park is also home to a wide variety of birds, and birdwatchers can spot species such as the crested serpent eagle, painted spurfowl, the Indian grey hornbill and much more.

A fawn suckling on its mother inside ranthambore national park

When planning this Safari trip, consider staying at The Baagh Ananta Elite, Ranthambore. Our resort offers one of the best accommodations in the area that are complimented by state-of-the-art amenities to help you relax and enjoy a peaceful stay surrounded by tranquil nature.